Novak Activ8 1/8th Scale Competition Brushless ESC/Ballistic 8 Motor Combo (1.5Y/1,950kV)

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This is the Novak Activ8 1/8th Scale Competition Brushless ESC and Motor Combo, with an included 1,950kV Ballistic 8 motor and updated Super Tuner Firmware! The Acitv8, now with Super-Tuner, has no shortage of features and is ready for any power-hungry 2S to 4S application. If you need an ESC that is beastly enough for your maniac driving style and heavy throttle finger, the Activ8 is what you have been waiting for! Developed specifically for the high demands of 1/8-scale Electric Buggy racing, this combo features a pure sensored design. For the ultimate driving performance, the Activ8 ESC is equipped with Novak’s X-Drive and Nova-Brakes, and also includes complete on-board customization. Plus, the Activ8 also features Novak's Super-Tuner™ firmware for faster set-up changes and more adjustability than ever before! The Ballistic 8 motor was engineered by Novak to withstand the rugged demands of 1/8th scale vehicles. To ensure complete compatibility and high-performance, each ESC and motor is built and supported by Novak in Irvine, California. 

NOTE: Click here for details on the Super Tuner Interface and detailed programming information.

Active 8: One Heavy-Duty Controller
Your vehicle isn’t wimpy, so why put a wimpy controller in it? The Activ8 uses high quality and rugged components to ensure your vehicle keeps running pack after pack.

  • Novak's Super Tuner Interface: To put it simply, Novak Super-Tuner is an intuitive on-board programming system that allows more adjustability and tuning options than any other on-board programmable ESC on the market. No additional components are needed to unlock the full spectrum of programming features. Super Tuner has five completely adjustable and savable profiles that default to general settings that are suited to each type of racing - from non-timing spec-class racing to Dynamic Timing Advance setups. With the Super-Tuner interface update, Novak’s Activ8 has enhanced programming options, including finer control over the ESC’s timing level, and a wider selection of start and final RPMs. For insane speeds, the Activ8 also includes Novak’s Xtra Timing for 2S applications! This algorithm controls the second-level timing that is applied “on top of” the Dynamic Timing Advance when the exact conditions have been met. NOTE: The Xtra Timing feature is recommended for experts only!
  • Full-Coverage Heat Sink: For proper heat dissipation, the Activ8 takes full advantage of its robust size and features a full-size, cross-cut heat sink that has direct contact with all of the power MOSFETs. Whether you are ripping through the high desert or tearing off laps at the local track, the heat sink is the first line of defense against heat build-up. A large cooling fan and fan guard are also included.
  • Heavy Duty High-Power PCB: The Activ8 uses an extremely heavy-duty and thick PC board that is embedded with massive, pure copper traces to ensure your ESC performs at its best.
  • Huge Power Wires: The Activ8 comes factory-installed with 12 gauge silicone battery and motor power wires that are easy to replace for factory-like, re-wire jobs. These power wires don’t just have a “12” printed on them─ they are top-quality, Novak Super-Flex wires.
  • High-Powered Switching BEC: To cope with the demands of heavy-duty servos and the rigors of extended practice sessions with heavy vehicles, the Activ8 features Novak’s new high-powered switching BEC, which utilizes rugged components, for a clean and consistent 6 volts output.
  • Equipped with Novak X-Drive: Novak X-Drive will provide incredibly smooth throttle response while maintaining an extremely connected and controlled feel. This motor-firing technology has been taking the racing world by storm and is now available for the larger scale, higher voltage applications. No competition ESC is complete without X-Drive!
  • Complete On-Board Programming: To deliver unmatched performance and usability in the high-end, high-voltage ESC category, Novak engineers developed enhanced, on-board programming to ensure that customizing and tuning the Activ8 to your liking has never been easier. Gone are the days of special boxes, programmers, or lugging your expensive laptop to the dusty track. Nothing extra is needed, and making changes track-side is a snap! 

Activ8 Adjustable Settings:

  • Drag Brake: Allows tuning of the auto brake, drag brake or coast brake response
  • Dynamic Timing: To disable, activate, and adjust the amount of Dynamic Timing Advance™ that is applied to motor
  • RPM Set Range: Allows you to control when and how the Dynamic Timing engages with regard to the motor’s actual RPM
  • Drive Frequency: The throttle response or sensitivity allows fine-tuning of the motor’s snap or feel
  • Brake Frequency: The brake response or sensitivity, allows fine-tuning of the motor’s brake feel
  • Minimum Drive: The lowest RPM the motor can start, which allows adjustment of the “punch”
  • Minimum Brake: Initial brake tuning allows adjustability to how quickly or hard your brakes bite at first application
  • Deadband: The space between the brake and throttle allows you to adjust your basic throttle sensitivity
Activ8 Added Protection and Enhanced Error Monitoring:
  • Low-Voltage Protection: A new low-voltage LiPo protection segment has been developed and will monitor the LiPo pack voltage thousands of times per second. In order to prevent the pack from ever falling below the critical safety voltage, the ESC will simply reduce the power, slowing down the vehicle.
  • Thermal Protection: The ESC keeps tabs on its core operating temperature and will back down its power to prevent the ESC from overheating.
  • On-Board Temperature Diagnostics: With a quick tap of the One-Touch button, multi-colored LEDs will indicate how hot the ESC is for instant temperature information.
  • Error Sensing: Sampling has been expanded to provide additional feedback via multi-colored LEDs, allowing for quicker trouble-shooting.
  • Motor Lock-Up Protection: If your drive train or motor becomes bound up or jammed, the ESC will detect this and cut the power to prevent damage.
  • Hall Effect Sensor Test: This built-in test allows you to confirm that your motor’s sensors and sensor harness are in good working order.

Activ8 Features:

  • Compatible with Novak’s Ballistic 8, Ballistic 550, and all popular 2 and 4-pole sensored brushless motors
  • Sensor-based system for excellent torque and low-speed driveability
  • Novak Super-Tuner™ firmware for quick and complete custom tuning:
    • Drive Tuning: Dynamic Timing Advance, RPM (Start/Final/Range), Drive Frequency, and Minimum Drive
    • Brake Tuning: Brake Frequency, Drag Brake, and Minimum Brake
    • Additional Tuning: Deadband, Reverse Disable, and LiPo Protection (On/Off)
  • 5 profiles that can be independently customized and saved for multiple set-ups and easy trackside changes
  • Novak X-Drive™ provides enhanced throttle response, ultra smooth power delivery, higher top speeds, and cooler temps
  • Novak's Dynamic Timing Advance™ increases the motor's RPM dynamically through the throttle band for higher speeds (10-55 degrees in 2S; 10-39 degrees in 3S/4S)
  • 6 specialized RPM tables of Start and Final RPMs for fine-tuning the Dynamic Timing Advance™
  • Novak Xtra-Timing™ for 2nd level timing that dramatically increases motor RPM for unmatched power in 2S
  • Novak's One-Touch Set-Up™ for quick and easy transmitter set-up
  • NovaBrakes™ provide smooth, responsive, and extremely powerful braking for all driving conditions
  • Highly water-resistant case with a dual-level protective silicone gasket seal to help keep out the elements and provide additional internal PC board shock absorption and support
  • Robust 3-amp switching BEC for strong and fast steering response under any conditions
  • Auto-detect LiPo battery protection circuitry automatically detects the battery voltage (2S/3S/4S) and reduces the power as needed to protect the batteries from going below the safety voltage
  • Built-in diagnostics provides ESC temperature monitoring at any time with the quick tap of the One-Touch™ button
  • Thermal overload protection circuitry to protect ESC from overheating
  • On-board Hall Sensor Test to easily and quickly verify that the motor's sensors are working properly
  • Includes ESC cooling fan with fan guard, and factory-installed, full-size cross-cut heat sink for cool operation
  • Gold-plated direct-solder wiring tabs for flexible soldering options
  • Built-in bank of high-powered, low-ESR capacitors for clean installations
  • User-replaceable input harness, switch harness, and power wires

Ballistic 8: Pure Competition Brushless Motor
The Novak Ballistic 8 motors have been tearing up tracks all over the world. Racing is hard on equipment, and having the ability to fix or repair your motors on site can be the difference in heading home early, or winning the main. Ballistic 8 motors are 100% rebuildable and supported by a complete line of replacement components and parts. The Ballistic 8 motors are manufactured from the highest quality components, including a Kevlar-wrapped, 4-pole rotor, an epoxy-dipped 12-slot stator, oversized flanged bearings, and are hand-wound with Novak’s low-resistance red wire. Additional features include adjustable mechanical timing and widely spaced, heavy-duty solder tabs.

Ballistic 8 Features:

  • Sensor-based for excellent torque control and low-speed driveability
  • Compatible with both sensored and sensorless speed controls
  • 100% rebuildable design with removable shielded sensor harness, sensor assembly, wound stator, rotor, sleeve, hardware, bearing caps, and front bearing
  • Designed to meet all ROAR 1/8 motor specifications (ROAR Approval coming soon!)
  • Adjustable mechanical motor timing
  • Nickel-plated, 4-pole, Sintered Neodymium rotor with a hardened 5mm output shaft that is Kevlar-wrapped and epoxied for maximum performance
  • Drill-balanced rotor for the best performance and consistency—rotor always stays in balance
  • Epoxy-dipped, 12-slot, hand-wound stator for maximum reliability and heat dissipation
  • Oversized, flanged ABEC-5 front and rear bearings for increased load handling and bearing life
  • Locked in, replaceable sensor harness
  • Widely-spaced (35 deg), extremely heavy-duty solder tabs for easy wiring connection to ESC
  • Multiple bolt patterns and sizes allow for compatibility with all popular 1:8 vehicles
  • Full-length screw design to ensure for maximum ruggedness
  • Black anodized sleeve with ribbed heat sink design to help dissipate heat
  • Meets RoHS compliance and includes 120-day manufacture warranty
  • Designed, hand wound and dyno-tested by Novak in Irvine, Calif., using globally-sourced components
  • Available in two sizes:
    • 1.5Y/1,950kV For smaller to medium-sized tracks
    • 2D/2,650kV For medium to larger-sized tracks (NOV3182)

Active8 Specifications:
Fwd/Brk: F / B / R
Input Cells: 2-4S LiPo
Size: 40x54x31mm (1.57x2.6x1.22”)
Weight (w/o wires): 3.17 oz. (89.8 g)
On-Resistance: 0.0004 ohms @ 25°C transistor temperature
BEC: 6 Volts DC / 3.0 Amps
Wire Size: 12G Super-Flex Copper-Strand Silicone Wire
Motor Limit: All popular 2-pole and 4-pole sensored brushless motors

Ballistic 8 Specifications:
1.5-turn Wye-wound
Motor Weight: 12.7 oz.
Input Voltage: 2S-4S Li-Po
Kv (unloaded): 1,950
Resistance (mΩ): 6.5
Motor Size: 1514 Size: 2.80”L x 1.71”D with fins (71x43.5mm)
Output Shaft: 5mm diameter x 18mm length w/flat
Rotor Diameter: 16mm
Design: Sensor-based
Magnet: 4-pole, Sintered Neodymium
Bearing: Oversized, flanged ABEC-5
Mounting Holes: M3X0.5 (on 25mmØ), M4X0.7 (on 25mm & 29mmØ) 

This product was added to our catalog on August 3, 2012.

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Sunday, Oct 14 2012 (about 3 years ago)
Novak Activ8 1/8th Scale Competition Brushless ESC/Ballistic 8 Motor Combo (1.5Y/1,950kV)
Myself and a friend both have one of these combos, purchased here from Amainhobbies and flown across the pacific to Australia. We were really excited about these, arriving for our new RC8.2e buggies. To start off, the ESC and motor combo is POWERFUL. Ultra smooth throttle and braking. The 'turbo' dynamic timing advance feature usually seen in 1/10 touring ESCs is simply MAD on this thing. On 4S the buggy feels like it was on a 6S mamba monster system, its that amazing. That was only on a LOW timing advance setting as well! However all good things must come to an end... and unfortunately my activ8 ESC did just that on the 3rd battery, after the 2nd week of initial use. Near the end of the 3rd battery pack that has ever been through the ESC, the buggy suddenly locked up at high speed on tarmac. It was Violent, very sudden. It sounded like the pinion and spur gears were demolished. (they were okay, but the front bumper scratched the ground...) The car refused to respond to throttle inputs when at a dead stop after that. The ESC died, and it would only power the motor if i gave my buggy a push start, and whenever it stopped, it won't start up again until you gave it another nudge. Currently in the process of doing a warranty return with Novak, will see how long my friends Activ8 combo will last compared to mine... It's an amazing system, but the reliability could be better. I also just noticed that the bottom surface of the ESC isn't flat. The casing is pressing against a component on the Circuit Board... O___O so some build quality issues there too...
Sunday, Sep 29 2013 (about 2 years ago)
Novak Activ8 1/8th Scale Competition Brushless ESC/Ballistic 8 Motor Combo (1.5Y/1,950kV)
Junk, I bought two of them and nothing but problems even after the were fixed. Multiple failures. Just buy a tekin
Manuel Enriquez
Monday, Aug 5 2013 (about 2 years ago)
Novak Activ8 1/8th Scale Competition Brushless ESC/Ballistic 8 Motor Combo (1.5Y/1,950kV)
Bad Bad Bad; I recommended to a couple of friends, and both have the same problem: the sensor failed. Don't buy this until Novak resolve that issue...

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